by baldilocks

Today I was interviewed by Chris Levels, who host a BlogTalkRadio show four days a week called Politics and Prophecy.   It was the second time that Chris invited me to his show, the second time that one of us had equipment failure, and the second time that I was one longer that scheduled. It’s as if the invisible supernatural war springs to the surface a little every time I’m on. I like that.

Whenever I do these things I feel as though I’m babbling, however. I used to try to prepare for them, but it makes things worse because I end up reading, and, therefore, sounding stilted. I’ve done a couple of them for Fausta back when she had a show but I refuse to listen to them. I’ve calmed done a lot since then.

Chris brought up several interesting topics and one made me crack up laughing, though it is far from funny. My laughter was in response to this story about the Southern Poverty Law Center. Because irony is funny.

If its balance sheet is any indication, Donald Trump’s presidency has been very good for the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC’s already impressive endowment grew a staggering 35 percent in fiscal year 2017 to more than $432 million. Including operating funds, total assets topped $477 million as of October 31, 2017. Total revenues and gains in fiscal 2017 exceeded $180 million, more than triple the organization’s expenses for the year, of just under $60 million.

The SPLC has long been considered a fundraising powerhouse, but 2017’s take was mind boggling by any standard. Donations were up 164 percent over 2016: The group took in $132 million between November 2016 and October 2017, compared with $50 million in the preceding 12 months.

While direct contributions produced the lion’s share of the 2017 increase, a booming stock market led to astounding growth in the SPLC’s investment portfolio. In fiscal 2016, unrealized gains came to less than $1 million; a year later they totaled nearly $45 million.

The SPLC, whose website touts its mission as “seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society,” drew fire last year because it keeps nearly $70 million in foreign investments in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda, as reported by THE WEEKLY STANDARD. Non-U.S. investments this year are closing in on $100 million, totaling a little more than $92.5 million as of October 31, 2017.

And peep these salaries!

Despite the 2017 windfall, salaries of top SPLC officials and executives were roughly the same or in some cases even lower than the year before. Richard Cohen, the group’s president and CEO, and Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial counsel, each earned around $400,000 both years. Compensation for other top officials ranged from about $150,000 to $260,000.

Down, covetous streak! Down!

I wondered aloud to Chris about having a tenth of that. But, aside from the off-shore investments, who can blame the SPLC if like-minded entities want to keep it afloat? (Afloat might be understating the matter, yes.)

And I bet they don’t even see the hypocrisy in keeping the word poverty in the organization’s name. After all, it takes money to remain Down for the Struggle!TM

However, if ideologues put their money where their ideology is, what does that say about the Right?

What does that say about you, loyal readers?

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Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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By A.P. Dillon

Most of the conversation this week has been about the Baltimore Riots.  I’m not going to add to that well-traveled path today.  I want to direct your attention to my home state of North Carolina.

When I first started writing at Da Tech Guy, I did a series of articles centering on North Carolina that was meant to establish a foundation of the infrastructure of the Left in the state. These articles were A Primer on the Left in NC (Part I), Part II, Part III and Part IV.

These articles outlined the major players, strategies and funding sources of the BlueprintNC network.  Since my original articles, Civitas, which is a local conservative think tank, has mapped these connections. Civitas made their results available to the public on a searchable website called Mapping The Left.

Fast forward a moment to the April 12th article in the Washington Post describing wealthy Leftists and Democrat donors coordinating to ‘wrest control’ back from key states. In the article, one of the states targeted for ‘wresting control’ is North Carolina.

Even if donors step up their giving, the left is “not likely to be able to match the Kochs’ money,” LaMarche said. “So therefore we have to be smarter and more strategic.”

The new state plan aims to replicate the strategies used in places such as Minnesota and Colorado, where well-funded networks of nonprofit groups have helped Democrats dominate politics. Similar efforts are underway in states such as North Carolina, where Republicans in recent years gained control of both the legislature and governor’s mansion for the first time since 1870.
Washington Post, 4/12/15 – ‘
Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states’

Of note in the above passages, the Washington Post repeats the canard that the Left can’t beat the Koch Brothers money, ignoring that the Koch brothers ranked 59th in donations in the last election cycle behind a majority of Democrat, Union and Leftist donors.

Civitas-map-of-Blueprint-NCBlueprintNC and its vast network of Leftist organizations and partners will undoubtedly be the vehicle for ‘wresting control’ back in North Carolina.

It will be important to keep tabs on new PACS being formed and money flowing into the current major donors of BlueprintNC — The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, AJ Fletcher Foundation, the AFL-CIO and the Tides Foundation.

The Washington Post article implies that a wave of Dark money is about to be infused into the existing BlueprintNC network.

Remember, two years ago, BlueprintNC and its partners launched their attack on Republicans in the state. Their mission, via an internal memo leaked to the press, was to  “Eviscerate, Mitigate, Litigate, Cogitate, and Agitate”.

As LaMarche said in the Washington Post article, they need to be strategic. Democrats only announce something that obvious after they’ve already begun. Logic follows that the mission begun two years ago by the BlueprintNC network was just a warm-up for an upcoming campaign.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885